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Protesters take to the streets over state cuts

HUNDREDS of protesters took to the streets of towns and villages in County Donegal yesterday to protest at government austerity measures.

A range of groups was represented at demonstrations in Letterkenny, Buncrana, Raphoe, Ramelton, Convoy, Gleneely and Castlefin.

In Raphoe, organiser Joe Murphy said: "People have had enough and we can give no more.

"This is the start of what will be a massive national campaign against outrageous charges on ordinary families."

Other protests included campaigners from Can't Pay Won't Pay, Donegal Action for Cancer Care, Forum for Change, the JML Diesel protest and the Abolish VRT Campaign.

In Letterkenny, Ryan Stewart of the Abolish VRT campaign said they were considering taking a protest to Dublin and asking people from other counties to join them.

Road haulage companies are also considering a blockade of ports over rising fuel costs.

Irish Independent